About Mountain Hunting
Mountain hunting is arguably the most difficult type of hunting, but to those willing to accept the challenge it is also one of the most rewarding. Sheep, goats, and other mountain game are wary and difficult to approach and often live in the most inhospitable and difficult terrain on the planet. Reaching their preferred kingdoms most often is a gut-check and often dangerous, and that is just the beginning! You then have to find them by usually spending hours in uncomfortable positions and often inclimate weather while “glassing” for them. Then once located you walk, climb and crawl some more to get within shot. All this in an environment we’re dramatically ill adapted to, and which can seldom be covered in a vehicle. Altitude alone will influence your stamina and shooting skills greatly, and trying to keep pace with a local guide who is sometimes much older than you, has never set foot in a gym, and doesn’t have the advantage of the most hi-tech hiking boots on the market, but still moves with the agility of an ibex, can be a very humbling experience. In its present form, mountain hunting was born on the European mountain ranges including the Alps and the Pireneas. Adventurous travellers went on to explore the Himalayas and the Pamirs in Asia, and Rocky Mountains in North America. Chamois and tahr have been introduced to New Zealand, and made the island another iconic destination for mountain hunters. It’s safe to say that mountain hunting opportunities exist wherever there are mountains. The epitome of mountain hunting are the sheep. The Bighorn, Desert bighorn, Dall and Stone sheep in North America, and the Marco Polo and High Altai argali in Asia, attract the most passionate hunters from all over the world. Goats, from the majestic corkscrew-shaped markhor to the scimitar horned ibex, run a very close second. But there are a lot of other animals that are objects of mountain hunting. Rocky Mountain goat in North America, chamois in Europe, tahr in Asia and Vaal Rehbok and Mountain Nyala in Africa offer iconic mountain hunts as well. Even animals like mule deer or wapiti may inhabit steep mountain ranges that make hunting as challenging as sheep and goat. Besides the challenge and accomplishment of a great mountain hunt, many conservation successes can be attributed to mountain hunting. From Alpine Ibex that were saved from extinction by the hunting preserve of the King of Italy, to “governor’s tags” that finance many sheep conservation efforts in North America, to award-winning community-based hunting-funded conservation programs in Pakistan and Tajikistan and beyond, mountain hunters do a lot to make sure the mountains will forever be blessed with sheep, goats, chamois, and other mountain game.
Let us inspire you - Wild sheep
Wild sheep are some of the World's most magnificent and regal creatures. They reside in some of the harshest, most rugged and most beautiful habitat on the planet. For many hunters wild sheep are the pinnacle of their hunting goals. Let BookYourHunt help you book your dream sheep hunt today!
Free-range Tahr Package New Zealand
100% free range/ fair chase Tahr foot hunt – cabin style accommodation in the Southern Alpine mountains at $4,500. Bring an additional hunter for a second Tahr at half price! Southern Alps and includes New Zealand’s best and most exclusive hunting grounds for Himalayan tahr (also called thar) and alpine chamois. Our hunting methods match the level of fitness of individual hunters. We can take a helicopter daily from comfortable lodgings, or do wilderness spike camps. We also utilize private land concessions where access is by 4WD and accommodation is in alpine cabins - some complete with hot showers. Himalayan tahr were transplanted to New Zealand in 1904 and they have thrived in a habitat that is very similar to their native home in the Himalayan mountains. Tahr can be hunted all year round; however their pelts are at their best from May to September. Their rut period is May/June, during this time larger bulls are easier to locate as they join with the nannies. The Himalayan tahr in his full winter glory, with golden mane flowing in the wind, is arguably one of the most impressive game animals in the world. Their habitat makes them one of the most challenging and rewarding trophies to obtain. Hunting tahr is the highlight of many hunters’ visits to New Zealand. Additional management hunt on species of choice for no additional cost. Helicopter access can be arranged to the tahr and chamois hunting areas at an additional $1500-2500 USD p/hour.
Trip duration: 3 days
Hunting season: 1 Mar 2021 30 Sep 2022
Free-Range Chamois Package 1x1 '21 New Zealand
In the Tasman region, we fly in by helicopter onto public land and pitch the tents and camp out for between 2 and 4 nights (allow 5 days) Hunting the back country of New Zealand’s Wilderness. Buck Chamois are an amazing animal with incredible sight, we must be on our game to harvest a mature buck. Please inquire for available dates.
Trip duration: 5 days
Hunting season: 1 Apr 2021 30 Nov 2021
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